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Trip to Queensland: Cairns, Port Douglas, The Reef, and More

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It’s been a while since I last posted to the blog, which is probably a good sign because we’ve been busy. Last weekend, however, we took a trip up to Queensland to check out the Great Barrier Reef and a few other sites, and I couldn’t let that experience go by without sharing it here. (more…)

Happy Anzac Day!

The lovely ladies who taught be all about the finer points of Anzac Day.

The lovely ladies who taught be all about the finer points of Anzac Day traditions.

Happy Anzac Day everyone!

It’s been a while since the last post, but I’m back today — April 25 — to commemorate Australia’s ‘most important national occasion.’ Anzac Day honors the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps who fought during the first military action during World War I. If you’re interested in knowing more, read this. (more…)

3 Days in Perth

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We got to spend the past three days in Perth in Western Australia.  With about 1.7 million people, Perth is Australia’s fourth largest city (after Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane). It sits on the the Swan River, just a few kilometers off the cost of the Indian Ocean. It’s kind of an odd city in a couple of ways. For starters, it’s supposed to be the most isolated major city in the world. Nothing is close by, which means everything is outrageously expensive.

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The Work Week Gives Way to a Walk on the Beach

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A view of the CBD from Mrs. Macquarie’s Point.

Our first full week of Sydney is behind us. On Monday Ryan headed off to work while I began freelancing and started my job search. It’s a bit odd not having a full-time job to go to every day. I thought my days would drag by (since I’ve been forcing myself to stay home and work rather than just play tourist), but they’ve actually been flying by.

Ryan seems to like his new position and has some nice new colleagues, a few of whom I got to meet on Friday night when we went out for drinks in Newtown. For my part, I’ve been busy trying to network and have set up a separate professional website (sorry, but the quality and frequency of posts here are suffering as a result), which will be far less interesting than this one to most people, but hopefully a bit more helpful careerwise.

In addition to getting some drinks with co-workers, this weekend we took the bus out to Coogee Beach and walked the gorgeous six kilometers along the coast to Bondi Beach. Here a few pics of those beeches:

Coogee Beach...the water looks great. Even though it's officially fall, the water is plenty warm.

Coogee Beach…the water looks great. Even though it’s officially fall, the water is plenty warm.

There was a cemetery along the walk. Got to be one of the best views you could ask for for your final resting place.

The famous Bondi Beach.

We both aspire to learn how to surf. This sign, like so many others instructions we've seen in Australia so far, was completely cryptic.

We both aspire to learn how to surf. This sign, like so many others instructions we’ve seen in Australia so far, was completely cryptic.

Tuesday marks our two-week anniversary in Sydney. While it hasn’t been long, it’s already starting to feel like home. Things are becoming familiar, we’re picking up the local lingo, and starting to meet people. Once we get settled into an apartment (the hunt hasn’t officially begun yet) and get our stuff (currently somewhere at sea), it will really feel like we’re settled in.

Mardi Gras in Sydney

Dykes on bikes...there sure were a lot of them!

Dykes on bikes…there sure were a lot of them!

This past weekend we checked out Sydney’s Mardi Gras celebration, which is basically the city’s version of the gay pride parade. With over 10,000 participants and more than 500,000 spectators it’s a real spectacle that rivals the likes of New York and San Francisco. However, unlike what I’ve seen anywhere else, it’s really viewed as a community event. Regardless of whether or you’re gay or straight, people seem to support it. There were signs in every coffee shop and restaurant wishing people a happy Mardi Gras (and not just in the hip neighborhoods). (more…)

Welcome to Sydney

First day selfie down at Circular Quay.

First day selfie down at Circular Quay.

It’s been three days since we arrived in Sydney, and it’s hard to believe that after so many months of thinking about this we’re actually here. To be honest, these first few days have been a bit of a blur and were largely spent running around to do errands that would have been simple at home but have been amazingly time-consuming here. Setting up a bank account took over two hours. Getting cell phones took over an hour-and-a-half. Even grocery shopping takes more time than you’d think when you’re starting from scratch. (more…)

Four Days in Fiji

Four relaxing days by the pool in Fiji.

Four relaxing days by the pool in Fiji.

After more than 11 hours in the air, we arrived in Fiji, the second stop on our journey to Sydney. Fiji is technically made up of thousands of islands. The largest, Viti Levu, where we are staying, is about the size of the Big Island in Hawaii; the vast majority of the islands, however, are far too small to live on. In fact, only 332 of the islands are deemed inhabitable, and of those only 106 are actually inhabited. (more…)

The City of Angels

A final good bye.

A flight from Boston to Sydney takes over 22 hours and, rather than put ourselves through that fun, we decided to break our trip up with a couple of stops. First up was a day in Los Angeles.

Our friend Sonia (who Ryan went to B school with) picked us up at LAX and took us around for the day. We started by going to the Getty Center, which I have to say is one of the most impressive museums I’ve ever been to. We only saw a fraction of the collection, but what I liked most about it was the spectacular setting of this sprawling complex up in the hills overlooking the city below. (more…)